Selection Process

The Moreau Honors Program generally draws its members from applicants whose high school experiences demonstrate strong academic, extracurricular, service and leadership qualities. Students interested in being considered for the Moreau Honors Program are encouraged to apply when they submit their common application for admission to the College.

The Admission Committee works in concert with the Director of the Moreau Honors Program and the Dean of Academic Achievement in the review and selection of candidates. The Committee actively seeks those students who feel as though they will thrive in the close-knit culture described above and who are motivated by the thoughtful, creative, self-reflective and globally minded character of the Moreau Honors Program. If you have any questions regarding the program itself please contact the director Sarah Gracombe at

Required Essay

In order to be considered for the Program, students must submit an essay that addresses the following prompt.

Pick an object in your living space that captures something important about your personality, values, or background and write a short essay that describes the object and explains what it means to you and/or reveals about you. This doesn’t need to be an unusual or fancy object; it can be anything that is meaningful to you in some way. As we evaluate your essay, we are looking for clear writing, interesting thinking, and a sense of who you are—of what interests, informs, and motivates you—as a learner and a person. Your essay should be approximately 500 words in length.

Essay Submission

Students have the option of submitting their essays when they submit their Common Application or via email to Please note that all essays must be submitted before the following application deadlines:

Admission Application & Moreau Honors Program Essay Deadlines

  • Early Action: November 1
  • Early Decision: December 1
  • Early Action II: January 15
  • Early Decision II: February 1
  • Regular Decision: February 15

Notification of Acceptance

Students are typically notified of their acceptance into the Honors Program two to three weeks following an offer of admission to the College. 

Access to Enhanced Learning Opportunities

Honors Scholars are encouraged to contribute to the intellectual, cultural and ethical life of the College. In exchange, they enjoy many benefits, including:

  • Small, seminar-style honors courses capped at 20 students
  • Priority registration for all courses
  • Participation in honors-specific co-curricular activities and learning opportunities
  • Leadership grant opportunities to fund participation at scholarly conferences
  • Special transcript notation of honors status
  • Recognition at graduation
  • Advising by Honors Program Director and honors faculty
  • Letters of verification that describe the program and list specific honors coursework completed by the student

The Honors Program has given me the opportunity and the skills to become a leader both within the program and in the broader Stonehill community.

Grant Funds to Supplement Your Honors Work

All Honors Scholars have the opportunity to apply for Moreau Honors Leadership Grants, awarded to support student leadership, research and conference presentations. Recent awards include:

  • Funding to attend the 2015 Social Justice Conference in Chicago, Illinois
  • Funding for travel to Sardinia, Italy, to help a farmer develop his “agriturismo” through the group Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms
  • Funding for field equipment for a thesis project titled “Comparative foraging behavior of two generalist tyrant flycatcher (Tyrannidae) species in Belize”
  • Funding to help defray costs for the Medical School Application Preparation EXtreme (APEX) program at the University of South Carolina during the beginning of June (APEX is a five day enrichment program that strives to broaden the knowledge and outlook of pre-medical students)
  • Funding for travel to present at the Humanities Education and Research Association in Washington, DC, on safe spaces in classrooms for students of color and women in higher education

Graduation Requirements

To graduate as a Moreau Honors Scholar, you must successfully complete a minimum of 15 credits in Honors courses in addition to the Honors First-Year Seminar and the Honors Senior Seminar. Honors Scholars must earn at least 3.50 cumulative and Honors GPAs.

Moreau Honors Scholar Medallion

Students who fulfill the requirements of the Honors Program graduate from the College with the special designation "Moreau Honors Scholar" and receive a distinctive medallion at Commencement to emphasize this status and wear it over their robes.

Graduate schools and employers are always on the lookout for exceptional candidates, those who have distinguished themselves personally and professionally. The status of Moreau Honors Scholar signals uncommon character and academic accomplishment and enhances other achievements featured on a curriculum vitae or résumé.

Contact Information

Sarah F. Gracombe

Sarah F. Gracombe

Professor of English, Director of the Moreau Honors Program